Staffing agency discriminated against deaf employees, EEOC charges

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC) recently filed a lawsuit against a staffing agency. The lawsuit is due to the agency refusing to provide sign language interpreters for deaf employees.  The employees had repeatedly requested use of interpreters and were denied access to them, in favor of written notes. The Americans with Disabilities Act says that employers have the responsibility to provide accommodations for employees with disabilities who ask for them. This failure to provide on the part of the agency has overall resulted in the EEOC’s stance on the lawsuit. As one attorney says, “Providing an ineffective accommodation is akin to failing to provide accommodation at all.”

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